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STATE CHAIRMAN

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ADVISER

JOHN E. VEPREK JR., PSP

MEMBERS

THOMAS GARNDER
JAMES A. JETKO
CHRIS LENOX

The New Jersey State Elks Association was founded in 1913. Morris Odell of Camden Lodge No. 293 was elected the first president. Since then, many fine Elks from lodges throughout the state have held this high office. Down through the years, the New Jersey State Elks Association has been doing an excellent job in fulfilling its role. It has produced many great leaders. Many have been rewarded for their devoted and unselfish service by being appointed to Grand Lodge Positions. Each and every one of these Elks started the same way, in their respective lodge. Four members of our New Jersey State Elks Association have succeeded to the Order’s highest office of Grand Exalted Ruler. Joseph A. Buch of Trenton Lodge No. 105 State Association President in 1922, well known in Elkdom as the Founder of the “Aid to Crippled Children Movement”, became Grand Exalted Ruler in 1940. William J. Jernick of Nutley Lodge No. 1290, State Association President in 1939, became Grand Exalted Ruler in 1954, Kenneth V. Cantoli of Hasbrouck Heights No. 1962, State President in 1977, became Grand Exalted Ruler in 1983, and Arthur Mayer Jr. of Bergenfield Lodge No. 1477, State Association President in 1985, became Grand Exalted Ruler in 2001. New Jersey has been very fortunate in having four outstanding Grand Exalted Rulers, and is proud of its outstanding handicapped children program with Elks Camp Moore, the “Miracle on The Mountain” at Haskell, North Jersey, The Cerebral Palsy center and The Adult Training Center in Clifton, The Cerebral Palsy Center in Somerville, and in our national high standing in National Foundation, Lodge Activities, Membership, Youth Activities and other Grand Lodge National Programs, especially considering the fact that geographically, New Jersey is one of the smallest states in the nation. Until the early 1960’s, membership in the State Association was not limited to Exalted Rulers and Past Exalted Rulers as it is today. Today one must be the Exalted Ruler of their Lodge to be recognized as their lodge’s official delegate. As Past Exalted Ruler they become permanent members of the Association as long as their lodges stay in good standing.

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The NJ State Historical Committee,  

 

 Hey, did you ever wish you had a “Time Machine” so you could visit the past. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been invented, but you can visit the history of Elkdom by taking a trip to New Brunswick Lodge #324. The dedication of the New Jersey State Elks Historical Home was held on Sunday, March 18.

State President Robert Jani had the honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

Some of the Past State Presidents and Elks from throughout the state were the first to visit our history. New Brunswick Lodge #324 which is 112 years old is located in the theater district at 40 Livingston Avenue. It is a short walk from the Hyatt Hotel where we hold our Annual Fall Conference.

     Displayed in the showcases is Elk memorabilia dating back to over hundred years ago. The artifacts will be rotated every three months. If you have any historical items form your Lodge you would like displayed contact one of our committee members. All items will be returned. Please stop by when you are in town bring your family and friends to see our home and all that New Brunswick has to offer.  I would like to thank New Brunswick Lodge #324 and the Historical Committee members for making our “Historical Home” a reality.

     At our Wildwood Reunion in June we will be honoring our NJ Elks Past State Presidents. Come visit our display in the convention center on Thursday and Friday during the Wildwood Reunion. Elk refrigerator magnets (replicas of the turn of the century Elk postcards), “Wandering Elk” shirts 

(a favorite of the ladies), and the Limited Breyer-"North American Elk" will be for sale at the booth to raise funds for our committee.   

   

 

Cliff Lenox, PDD

NJ State Historical Chairman

 

The New Jersey Elks State Historical Home

Grand Opening

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New Brunswick Lodge #324

40 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, New Jersey

March 18th, 2007

This is a historic day in ELK History

Today after looking for many years we have found a home in the heart of New Jersey for our museum. New Brunswick Lodge 324, being over 100 years old and rich in  Tradition will be dedicated as the site for “THE NEW JERSEY STATE HISTORICAL HOME”.

This is a location where we and future ELKS and their Families can witness our proud Heritage and see examples of our past. Displayed in our showcases are ELK artifacts dating back over one hundred years while some date back to yesterday. Some of our displays will keep changing, some being removed and some being added. So when you stop by and look one day you may see  something of yours or your loved ones.

It should be noted that all present realize that you are now part of that HISTORY

 THANKS to New Brunswick Lodge 324 and all those Past and Present that made this day possible.

Cliff Lenox

NJ State Historical Chairman 2006-2007


 Click here to see the event progam from the Grand Opening


 

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Bob Jani State President cuts the ribbon to open the State Historical

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Bob Jani State President cuts the ribbon on a display case while Cliff Lenox State Historical Chairman looks on.

 

 


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Here is the other display case with more Historical pieces for members to review

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State President Bob Jani and Past State Presidents

Left side Bob Binetti PSP, Bob Mauro PSP. Stephen Terrible PSP

Right side State President Bob Jani, Diego Tabbachino PSP, Francis Decibus PSP